Recertification Q&A: Approved Providers, Calculating PDCs

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

By the SHRM Certification Team March 12, 2020

Have questions about maintaining your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP? In every issue, the SHRM Certification team will answer some of the frequently asked questions they receive from credential-holders.

Q: I signed up for an online course to earn professional development credits (PDCs). How can I tell whether the company offering the course will actually award me recertification credits?

A: The best way to determine whether a course is preapproved for SHRM credits is to look for the SHRM Recertification Provider seal. SHRM-approved providers offer tens of thousands of professional development opportunities in a wide range of learning formats. Check the listings in the Recertification Provider Directory on the SHRM Certification Portal.

SHRM recertification provider seal 


Q: An online course doesn't specify how many PDCs it's good for. How do I determine the number of PDCs I can earn for taking it?

A: Here are some rules of thumb for calculating PDCs for educational programs. Consult the SHRM Recertification Requirements Handbook for more details.

  • 1 hour of time is equivalent to 1 PDC, based on the actual amount of time spent on instruction/learning. Once the 1-hour minimum is met, SHRM calculates PDCs in 15-minute increments (0.25 PDC).
  • PDCs are not awarded for time spent on noneducational activities (no instruction/learning). This includes welcomes, introductions, breaks, meals, exhibits, networking, etc.
  • Fractions of time other than 15 minutes are rounded up or down as appropriate. (Examples: A program that lasts 1 hour and 5 minutes is entered as 1 PDC; a program that lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes is entered as 1.25 PDCs; a program that lasts 1 hour and 25 minutes is entered as 1.5 PDCs.)


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Already SHRM-certified? Be sure to maintain your credential by recertifying. Learn more about recertification activities here.



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